What Quebecor won’t tell you about its attacks on the public broadcaster

October 19, 2011

For more than three years, Quebecor has been using its newspapers, and more recently, itsSunNews Network TV license to pursue a campaign against CBC/Radio-Canada. But there are some things Quebecor won’t tell you:

  • Quebecor has received more than half a billion dollars in direct and indirect subsidies and benefits from Canadian taxpayers over the past three years, yet it is not accountable to them.
  • Quebecor uses this public subsidy and its dominant position in protected industries to make record profits yet complains that its TVA television network "competes” against Radio-Canada.
  • Quebecor boss Pierre Karl Péladeau has sent over a dozen letters to the Prime Minister and others in government to complain that Radio-Canada does not spend enough money advertising in his newspapers.

Quebecor says we’re not accountable. They’re wrong.

  • We report to Parliament through our Corporate Plan, Annual Report and Committee appearances.
  • We report to the CRTC through regulatory filings and license renewals;
  • We report to the Auditor General of Canada who reviews our books every year and who conducts a special audit every five to ten years;
  • We report to the Board of Directors, which is appointed by government to ensure that the Corporation manages its resources effectively.
  • We report to Canadians through the posting on our website of the cost of meals, flights, and hotels. We also post details of audits, Board meetings, quarterly financial reports, and over 27,000 pages of information released under ATI. See for yourself here.

Quebecor says we shouldn’t go to court to protect journalistic sources or program strategies. Why?

  • We, and the Information Commissioner, are trying to clarify the rules which protect "journalistic, programming, and creative activities”. This is the proper thing to do.
  • In fact, government departments and Ministers have gone to court more than 180 times with the Information Commissioner to clarify Access to Information issues.

CBC/Radio-Canada’s promise to Canadians

That we will continue to offer the great Canadian programs they love.

That they will see the value of their investment in our programs and services.

That we will remain accountable for the work we do.

We don’t expect Quebecor to do the same.

We just think you should know what they won’t tell you.

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